• The gunman, Tamarius Blair Davis, shot Wakefield multiple times
  • Davis told police he was high "on mushrooms and felt empowered"
  • Video footage showed Davis dancing after the shooting 

A 21-year-old man was shot dead by a gunman inside a Miami Beach restaurant on Ocean Drive on Tuesday while trying to protect his 1-year-old child.

Dustin Wakefield, a tourist from Castle Rock, Colorado, was vacationing with his family when he was killed, Miami Herald reported.

Wakefield's uncle, Mike, said the gunman came in waving the weapon, saying its time to die. "He pointed the gun at his son and Dustin said, 'He's only a boy. Dustin stood up between the gunman and the baby, and he shot him. He shot him multiple times on the ground," the relative told Herald. Mike was not present with the family when the shooting happened but heard the account from Wakefield's wife.

Police identified the shooter as 22-year-old Tamarius Blair Davis, of Norcross, Georgia. According to the arrest report, Davis told investigators that "he was high on mushrooms, which made him feel empowered."

He reportedly approached the patio area of the La Cerveceria restaurant just before 6.30 p.m. Tuesday and randomly decided to shoot Wakefield.

The video footage obtained by WSVN-TV immediately after the shooting showed the gunman dancing as people screamed. Davis is then seen walking up some steps, with a weapon in hand.

A witness told WSVN that the gunman was dancing on top of the victim. "What was so strange is the guy that was shooting, they said he was smiling and laughing the whole time that he was shooting the guy," he added.

Another video of the gunman shows him lying spread-eagle on his back and smiling as three officers approach with their guns. As the officer yell commands at him, Davis is seen rolling onto his side in a fetal position, before screaming "I give, I give, I give."

Police arrested Davis from an alleyway next door. He appeared in Miami-Dade bond court Wednesday. He faces charges of attempted second-degree murder and second-degree murder with a weapon.

Tommy Davis, the suspect's father, told The Associated Press that his son had traveled to Miami Beach with some friends and has never been in trouble or had mental health issues. "We are trying to find out what happened. You can imagine we were shocked," he said, adding that he didn't know whether his son would ingest mushrooms or other drugs.

"You think you know your kid, but you don't. It is possible someone gave him something. That is something we need to find out," he said.

A GoFundMe page has been started for Wakefield's family. "Dustin was a very amazing young man. He cared about whoever he met. He loved his family dearly," Dustin's uncle added.

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